Friday, June 22, 2018

2018 Topps Series 2 - The Cody Bellinger Highlights Set

I made sure to leave the best for last. Featured here are pics of the epic 30-card Cody Bellinger Highlights set (both front and backs) found only in Target retail packs of 2018 Topps Series 2. The set goes through his entire rookie campaign -- starting with his mid-season call-up to his selection as the National League Rookie of the Year.

Clearly, this is a must-have for fans of Cody. Right now you can find individual cards being sold on eBay for just a buck or two, so completing a set can be done fairly cheaply. It'll just take some time and patience.

Cody Bellinger Highlights

CB-1 Cody Bellinger - Los Angeles Dodgers

CB-2 Cody Bellinger - Los Angeles Dodgers

Blog Kiosk: 6/22/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Licensed stock broker and current break-out hurler Ross Stripling visited the NYSE yesterday. Check out his brief interview with Cheddar Live as he discusses his current investments, here.

Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2018 at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1936 Reds outfielder Ival Goodman hit a three-run home run at Ebbets Field that lands and stays on top of the Schaefer Beer scoreboard in right field. Ballpark rules at the time dictate that it is still considered in play, so Goodman rounded the bases for the easiest inside-the-park home run ever. In 1947 Reds pitcher Ewell Blackwell, after having thrown a no-hitter his last time out, lost out on throwing a second consecutive no-no when Dodgers second baseman Eddie Stanky single with one out in the ninth inning. In 1959 Sandy Koufax struck out 16 Phillies batters to set a new record for strikeouts in a night game. 
  • Happy BirthdayLuis Maza!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

2018 Topps Home Run Challenge - The Cody Bellinger Card

There's a cool quirk found within packs of both Series 1 and 2 of Topps' flagship Baseball card set. They are the Home Run Challenge promotion cards, and as the name suggest these little lottery-styled tickets can earn its bearer a nice little prize if you can pick the day when said player hits a homer.

Blog Kiosk: 6/21/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Yesterday's 4-0 loss at the hands of the Cubs marked our first series loss since mid-May -- a string of nine straight. Fortunately, I don't feel so bad about it. For whatever reason, I can't help but think that nothing but sunny skies are in front of us. Per Ken Gurnick at
"We're going to be somewhere in October," said Roberts. "I can't speak to the opponent, but we're going to be somewhere."
"It was a fun series. Two good clubs, very evenly matched. The series could have gone either way. You're not going to win every series, but going into New York, we feel pretty good about ourselves."
Photo above of Chris Taylor via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2018 at Dodger Insider. He had left the game early due to a hamstring issue. Per a Gurnick story:
"It wasn't a pull or anything, but after that play, there were a couple instances where it kind of grabbed. I don't expect to miss any playing days. If everything goes as planned, I think I should be in there."
Below are more links to check out:

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

2018 Topps Series 2 - Even More Dodgers Inserts

Here are the reminder of the Dodgers' Topps Series 2 insert cards found in packs -- with the exception of the 30-card Bellinger Highlight set that I plan to focus on tomorrow. Shown below are the 1983 Topps, Cut Signature, Future Stars, Instant Impact, Longball Legends, Own the Name Relics, Sketch, Home Run Challenge and Silver Pack Promotion cards.

1983 Topps Baseball

#83AS-12 Clayton Kershaw          #83AS-16 Cody Bellinger

Weekend Autograph Opportunity: Dave Stewart and Manny Mota

Here are this weekends autograph opportunities and events throughout the Southland. As always, be sure to check the Blue Heaven Calendar for other events (a link can always be found on the tab at the top of this page, just left of center), and always confirm with the establishment. Everything is subject to change.  Please email me with any tips about upcoming events in Southern California.  As the rest of the week progresses I'll update this post with other events (if there are any) as I become aware of them.  Also, I don't always list every event below, so be sure to check my Calendar.  I always try to favor free signing events over paying events.  Click on any pic to embiggen.